Today we’ll tell you about Piedmont and its Christmas traditions that have marked the life of rural people for centuries.
Piedmont is a northwestern region, on the border with Switzerland and France, and as the name indicates it is the land of the mountains. “At the foot of the mountains”. The Alps surround three sides of the region with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.
One of the oldest Christmas traditions and stories of Piedmont is the myth of talking animals. In our research we discovered a curious legend that enthralled us by its charm. The legend says that every year, on the night of Christmas Eve, all the animals get the gift of speech for just one night. They then confront each other on humans, their behavior and commenting on their actions. An unrepeatable magic, never to be revealed to men. It is said that any man listening that night can become deaf and blind in a matter of moments!
The most famous traditional figures in Piedmont are the “pastour”, the dialect for shepherds.
The fair is dedicated exclusively to the textile crafts and it is for all those who weave by hand so that they can show their products. It is also an important event for craftsmen and textile art scholars with its conferences, workshops and exhibitions.
The place where the event is held has also a historical importance for Italian weaving. In the second half of the ‘800 a cotton mill was implanted in Collegno and the village was born and developed around the factory. In 1972 the mill closed, but today there is still its memory and the Association works to re-establish the link between work-weaving-village.
An appointment that we’ll try not to miss, always looking for artisans to interview and visit.